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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548696/the-roles-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-septic-acute-kidney-injury
#1
Takuya Ueno
Despite hundreds of clinical and basic studies that have led to a better mechanistic understanding of sepsis, the number of cases with sepsis in the United States is still rising. Sepsis is a common cause of acute kidney injury (AKI) and may explain long-term complications and mortality. In the current article, a new therapeutic concept using continuous renal replacement therapy to prevent and manage long-term sequelae in septic AKI is described.
May 26, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548693/hemodynamic-impact-of-the-c-pulse-cardiac-support-device-a-one-dimensional-arterial-model-study
#2
Daimé Campos Arias, Francisco Londono, Tania Rodríguez Moliner, Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Nikos Stergiopulos, Patrick Segers
The C-Pulse is a novel extra-aortic counter-pulsation device to unload the heart in patients with heart failure. Its impact on overall hemodynamics, however, is not fully understood. In this study, the function of the C-Pulse heart assist system is implemented in a one-dimensional (1-D) model of the arterial tree, and central and peripheral pressure and flow waveforms with the C-Pulse turned on and off were simulated. The results were studied using wave intensity analysis and compared with in vivo data measured non-invasively in three patients with heart failure and with invasive data measured in a large animal (pig)...
May 26, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548688/effects-of-orthostatism-and-hemodialysis-on-mean-heart-period-and-fractal-heart-rate-properties-of-chronic-renal-failure-patients
#3
Juan C Echeverría, Oscar Infante, Héctor Pérez-Grovas, Hortensia González, Marco V José, Claudia Lerma
The aim of this work was to evaluate the short-term fractal index (α1 ) of heart rate variability (HRV) in chronic renal failure (CRF) patients by identifying the effects of orthostatism and hemodialysis (HD), and by evaluating the correlation between α1 and the mean RR interval from sinus beats (meanNN). HRV time series were derived from ECG data of 19 CRF patients and 20 age-matched healthy subjects obtained at supine and orthostatic positions (lasting 5 min each). Data from CRF patients were collected before and after HD...
May 26, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544060/predictive-factors-upon-discontinuation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-for-long-term-chronic-dialysis-and-death-in-acute-kidney-injury-patients
#4
Tingting Yang, Si Sun, Liping Lin, Mei Han, Qiang Liu, Xiaoxi Zeng, Yuliang Zhao, Yupei Li, Baihai Su, Songmin Huang, Lichuan Yang
The specific timing for discontinuing renal replacement therapy (RRT) in acute kidney injury (AKI) patients is debatable. The predictive abilities of variables at the time of discontinuation of RRT for the long-term prognoses of patients have not been explored. This study aimed to explore the prognostic factors upon discontinuation of RRT for long-term chronic dialysis and death of patients with acute RRT-requiring AKI, thus improving decision making regarding the discontinuation of RRT and the follow-up of patients thereafter...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543744/repetitive-supra-physiological-shear-stress-impairs-red-blood-cell-deformability-and-induces-hemolysis
#5
Jarod T Horobin, Surendran Sabapathy, Michael J Simmonds
The supra-physiological shear stress that blood is exposed to while traversing mechanical circulatory assist devices affects the physical properties of red blood cells (RBCs), impairs RBC deformability, and may induce hemolysis. Previous studies exploring RBC damage following exposure to supra-physiological shear stress have employed durations exceeding clinical instrumentation, thus we explored changes in RBC deformability following exposure to shear stress below the reported "hemolytic threshold" using shear exposure durations per minute (i...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543403/decellularized-human-liver-is-too-heterogeneous-for-designing-a-generic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hepatic-scaffold
#6
Giorgio Mattei, Chiara Magliaro, Andrea Pirone, Arti Ahluwalia
Decellularized human livers are considered the perfect extracellular matrix (ECM) surrogate because both three-dimensional architecture and biological features of the hepatic microenvironment are thought to be preserved. However, donor human livers are in chronically short supply, both for transplantation or as decellularized scaffolds, and will become even scarcer as life expectancy increases. It is hence of interest to determine the structural and biochemical properties of human hepatic ECM to derive design criteria for engineering biomimetic scaffolds...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524237/in-vitro-dialysis-of-cytokine-rich-plasma-with-high-and-medium-cut-off-membranes-reduces-its-procalcific-activity
#7
Kevin Willy, Michael Hulko, Markus Storr, Rose Speidel, Julia Gauss, Ralf Schindler, Daniel Zickler
Recently developed high-flux (HF) dialysis membranes with extended permeability provide better clearance of middle-sized molecules such as interleukins (ILs). Whether this modulation of inflammation influences the procalcific effects of septic plasma on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is not known. To assess the effects of high cut-off (HCO) and medium cut-off (MCO) membranes on microinflammation and in vitro vascular calcification we developed a miniature dialysis model. Plasma samples from lipopolysaccharide-spiked blood were dialyzed with HF, HCO, and MCO membranes in an in vitro miniature dialysis model...
May 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337775/effectiveness-and-safety-assessment-of-citrate-anticoagulation-during-albumin-dialysis-in-comparison-to-other-methods-of-anticoagulation
#8
Agnieszka Dyla, Wojciech Mielnicki, Joanna Bartczak, Tomasz Zawada, Piotr Garba
Liver failure is a serious and often deadly disease often requiring MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System) therapy. Choosing the safe and effective method of anticoagulation during artificial liver support systems seems to be very difficult and extremely important. The aim of this study was to assess effectiveness and safety of regional anticoagulation with citrate in liver failure patients during MARS. We used a single center observational study. We analyzed 158 MARS sessions performed in 65 patients: 105 (66...
March 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326561/hemoxcell-a-new-oxygen-carrier-usable-as-an-additive-for-mesenchymal-stem-cell-culture-in-platelet-lysate-supplemented-media
#9
Fiona Le Pape, Lucie Cosnuau-Kemmat, Gaëlle Richard, Frédéric Dubrana, Claude Férec, Franck Zal, Elisabeth Leize, Pascal Delépine
Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are promising candidates for therapeutic applications such as tissue engineering. However, one of the main challenges is to improve oxygen supply to hypoxic areas to reduce oxygen gradient formation while preserving MSC differentiation potential and viability. For this purpose, a marine hemoglobin, HEMOXCell, was evaluated as an oxygen carrier for culturing human bone marrow MSCs in vitro for future three-dimensional culture applications. Impact of HEMOXCell on cell growth and viability was assessed in human platelet lysate (hPL)-supplemented media...
March 22, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326558/hemocd-as-a-totally-synthetic-artificial-oxygen-carrier-improvements-in-the-synthesis-and-o2-co-discrimination
#10
Hiroaki Kitagishi, Qiyue Mao, Naoya Kitamura, Takahiro Kita
HemoCD, which is composed of an iron(II)porphyrin such as 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphinatoiron(II) (Fe(II)TPPS) and a cyclodextrin (CD) dimer having a pyridine linker, represents a synthetic hemoglobin (Hb) model compound that exhibits reversible oxygen (O2 ) binding ability in aqueous solution at an ambient temperature. Therefore, hemoCD has the potential to be used as a totally synthetic artificial oxygen carrier. In this article, we describe the improvements of hemoCD related to its synthesis and O2 /CO selectivity...
March 22, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326562/liposome-encapsulated-hemoglobin-accelerates-skin-wound-healing-in-diabetic-db-db-mice
#11
Tsuyoshi Fukui, Akira T Kawaguchi, Susumu Takekoshi, Muneo Miyasaka, Hideaki Sumiyoshi, Rica Tanaka
Since liposome-encapsulated hemoglobin with high O2 affinity (h-LEH, P50 O2  = 10 mm Hg) has been reported to accelerate skin wound healing in normal mice, it was tested in dB/dB mice with retarded wound healing, as seen in human diabetics. Two full-thickness dorsal wounds 6 mm in diameter encompassed by silicone stents were created in dB/dB mice. Two days later (day 2), the animals were randomly assigned to receive intravenous h-LEH (2 mL/kg, n = 7) or saline (2 mL/kg, n = 7). The same treatment was repeated 4 days after wounding (day 4), and the size of the skin lesions was analyzed by photography, surface perfusion was detected by Laser-Doppler imager, and plasma cytokines and chemokines were determined on days 0, 2, 4, and 7, when all animals were euthanized for morphological studies...
March 21, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326557/analysis-of-blood-flow-characteristics-in-a-model-of-a-mature-side-to-side-arteriovenous-fistula
#12
Ashkan Javadzadegan, Nay Myo Lwin, Muhammad Asyraf, Anne Simmons, Tracie Barber
The creation of an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is a common surgical procedure in hemodialysis patients suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD). However, several complications may occur after surgery, including thrombosis, stenosis, and aneurysm. These complications are attributed to hemodynamics perturbations including pathophysiological wall shear stress (WSS) and flow recirculation zones. In this study, we present a computational hemodynamic analysis in a model of a mature side-to-side AVF, which is then validated by experimental measurements...
March 21, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321887/simplification-of-visual-rendering-in-simulated-prosthetic-vision-facilitates-navigation
#13
Victor Vergnieux, Marc J-M Macé, Christophe Jouffrais
Visual neuroprostheses are still limited and simulated prosthetic vision (SPV) is used to evaluate potential and forthcoming functionality of these implants. SPV has been used to evaluate the minimum requirement on visual neuroprosthetic characteristics to restore various functions such as reading, objects and face recognition, object grasping, etc. Some of these studies focused on obstacle avoidance but only a few investigated orientation or navigation abilities with prosthetic vision. The resolution of current arrays of electrodes is not sufficient to allow navigation tasks without additional processing of the visual input...
March 21, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321886/-inside-out-pegylation-of-bovine-%C3%AE-cross-linked-hemoglobin
#14
Kyle D Webster, Dana Dahhan, Abigail M Otto, Cheyanne L Frosti, William L Dean, Jonathan B Chaires, Kenneth W Olsen
The development of a blood substitute is urgent due to blood shortages and potential communicable diseases. A novel method, inside-out PEGylation, has been used here to conjugate a multiarm maleimide-PEG (Mal-PEG) to β-cross-linked (βXL-Hb) hemoglobin (Hb) tetramers through the Cys β93 residues. This method produces a polymer with a single PEG backbone that is surrounded by multiple proteins, rather than coating a single protein with multiple PEG chains. Electrophoresis under denaturing conditions showed a large molecular weight species...
March 20, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321882/optical-dynamic-analysis-of-thrombus-inside-a-centrifugal-blood-pump-during-extracorporeal-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-a-porcine-model
#15
Tatsuki Fujiwara, Daisuke Sakota, Katsuhiro Ohuchi, Shu Endo, Tomoki Tahara, Tomotaka Murashige, Ryo Kosaka, Keiji Oi, Tomohiro Mizuno, Osamu Maruyama, Hirokuni Arai
Complications due to pump thrombus remain the weak point of mechanical circulatory support (MCS), such as the use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, leading to poor outcomes. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an effective imaging method using a hyperspectral (HS) camera, which comprises a spectrophotometer and a charge-coupled device camera to discriminate thrombus from whole blood. Animal experiments were conducted to analyze dynamic imaging of thrombus inside a prototype of a hydrodynamically levitated centrifugal blood pump using an HSI system...
March 20, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266040/ex-vivo-porcine-organ-perfusion-models-as-a-suitable-platform-for-translational-transplant-research
#16
Rohan Kumar, Wen Yuan Chung, Ashley Robert Dennison, Giuseppe Garcea
In transplantation surgery, extending the criteria for organ donation to include organs that may have otherwise been previously discarded has provided the impetus to improve organ preservation. The traditional method of cold static storage (CS) has been tried and tested and is suitable for organs meeting standard criteria donation. Ex vivo machine perfusion is, however, associated with evidence suggesting that it may be better than CS alone and may allow for organ donation criteria to be extended. Much of our knowledge of organ preservation is derived from animal studies...
March 6, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261890/ozone-prevents-cochlear-damage-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-guinea-pigs
#17
Merih Onal, Cagdas Elsurer, Nebil Selimoglu, Mustafa Yilmaz, Ender Erdogan, Jale Bengi Celik, Oznur Kal, Ozkan Onal
The cochlea is an end organ, which is metabolically dependent on a nutrient and oxygen supply to maintain its normal physiological function. Cochlear ischemia and reperfusion (IR) injury is considered one of the most important causes of human idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss. The aim of the present study was to study the efficacy of ozone therapy against cochlear damage caused by IR injury and to investigate the potential clinical use of this treatment for sudden deafness. Twenty-eight guinea pigs were randomized into four groups...
March 5, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543387/the-hematocrit-affects-the-volume-of-plasma-treated-with-coupled-plasma-filtration-and-adsorption-with-predilution
#18
Stefano Finazzi, Elena Garbero, Giampietro Trussardi, Guido Bertolini
Coupled plasma filtration and adsorption (CPFA) is an extracorporeal blood purification technique proposed for the treatment of septic-shock. By removing pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators from plasma, CPFA is supposed to have a therapeutic effect on the abnormal inflammatory response seen in this condition. Recently, blood predilution with citrate solution has been adopted to prevent clotting in the CPFA circuit-one of the main problems of the technique. Taking into account the patient's hematocrit, we worked out a formula for the volume of plasma effectively treated by CPFA after predilution...
May 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543386/artificial-oxygen-carrier-as-therapeutics-rather-than-blood-substitute-for-transfusion
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May 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543385/communications
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